Narayan maharaj was born to the dissilples of Sadguru Akkalkot Swami, Shri. Balwantrao Nachane and Sou. Sundarabai. The dissilple of Sadguru Akkalkot Swami, Shri. Yashvantrao Dev, who met Shri. Balwantrao and Sundarabai at Nagothana, blessed them to conceive a son.
Narayan Maharaj was born on 10th September 1876 at Murud, Maharashtra, India. Alongwith his brothers he was stdying in a school at Murud.
Maharaj lost his father at his tender age of eight years and full onus of responsibility of brotherin was carried by Maharaj. At the age of fifteen they all shifted to Mumbai at uncle's place.
Maharaj wanted to educate his two brothers, Keshav, Shankar and settle his sisters to give peace to his mother's mind. Unfortunately he lost his mother and Maharaj shifted his brothers to Thane and returned himself back to Murud.
Shree Rajarambhau Gupte had a great liking for Maharaj and offered him his daughter. Though not willing, Maharaj was insisted upon by all elders to get married and settle.
So, in the year 1902 Maharaj got married. But Maharaj was restless and he left for Madras for meditations and his spiritual activities.
Later on, Maharaj reached to Pune, Chinchwad where he had a great pleasure to visit the Ganesha shrine and he was getting divine pleasure in the worship of Shree Ganesha.
There he got an opportunity to listen to great preechers and learned the divine lessons. Also in the meantime he started studying the Astrology.
He had then a deep study in astrology and had surprised people with his amazing forcasts. After the sad demise of his brother shree Keshavrao, Shree Narayan Maharaj quit the astrology and started for pilgrimage.
To start with, he reached to Morgaon, the Ashtavinayak shrine of Shree Mayureshwar and Maharaj had his meditation there. He then decided to visit all the Shree Ganesha shrines on the way.
He visited the divine places Pandharpur, Akkalkot,Tuljapur, Gangapur, Newase and finally, he sat for meditation in a jungle, which was on the way.
Maharaj visited many divine places but he was not able to find a convincing Guru, who could guide him. He even thought of going to Himalayas by sacrificing everything.
Guru Krishnanand Swami
During this period on the day of 'Sankashti' he had a 'Sakshatkar' of Shree Ganesha. Shree Ganesha handed over him to a 'Sadhu' and told the Sadhu -'take care of my child' ie Maharaj.
Soon, Maharaj had an opportunity to attend a "Kirtan" of a wellknown Swami, which was fully crowded. To his great surprise, the Swamy was no one else but the 'Sadhu' in the 'Sakshatkar' of Shree Ganesha.
Maharaj had tears of joy in his eyes and threw himself on his feet with ecstacy. The Sadhu exclaimed - 'Shree Ganesha only Introduced us' and passed on the message to him.
Maharaj got the divine Mantra from him - "Aum Gan Ganapataye Namaha " .The great personality, the Swami, the Sadhu was "Sant Sadguru Shree Krishnanand Maharaj Shreegondekar".
Later on, as per Shree Krishnanand Swami's wish, Maharaj and his brother Shankar both accompanied him to Shreegonde and devoted their life in the Sewa of their Guru.
Maharaj was then known as Narayan Maharaj Shreegondekar. Shree Narayan Maharaj has been a Sadguru of thousands of devotees from all over Maharashtra, who come regularly to Shreegonde, for his Darshan.
The devotees have formed a group called 'Shree Narayan Sewa Mandal' and organise many programmes at Shreegonde. In the year 1952 on 20th July, Sant Shree Sadguru Narayan Maharaj took 'Samadhi' and left for his heavenly abode.
1- Boy back to life
Once the son of a dissiple of Maharaj named 'Bhau', fell down from a high wall and became unconscious on the spot. The doctor was immediately called, who rushed to his house.
After checking the son the doctor prescribed some medicines and left. Even after the remedies the son did not recover and was still unconscious. Next day the doctor visited again and suggested other remedies which too did not work.
Then the hmeopathic doctor was called, who tried his medicines but everything was in vein. The home herbal ayurvedic remedies were being tried by the seniors in the family but nothing could bring results.
For three days the son was lying unconscious and when the family doctor observed the blood pressure falling down he lost his hopes and told Bhau that there were no hopes of survival. The doctor further suggested to call all the close relatives and people.
Bhau, who was a great devotee of Maharaj sat in front of the image of maharaj and started the 'Nanasmaran' ie chanting the 'Guru - Jap'.
Bhau told Maharaj that he had given a boon of getting a son from him and also named the son, so he should take care of him. Bhau also told Maharaj that he will not get up from his meditation till Maharaj gives any indication of the situation.
Then to the surprise of all the present relatives, the son while in unconscious state called on to Bhau. On this Bhau bowed down to Maharaj saying that his message was received that the son is alright.
The next day morning the doctor came to see whether the son in stil alive !. He was shocked to see the bed empty where the son was lying.
However Bhau told the doctor the the son has joined his friends and playing in the ground. On hearing the full story the doctor exclaimed - " It is really a miracle of Maharaj".
2- Viththal Viththal
Maharaj had already hinted his dissiples regarding his day of 'Samadhi' ie leaving the last breathe as per own's wish. Hence the dissiples continued to stay at Shreegonde on that day.
On 20th July, 1952 at 10:20 AM Maharaj breathed his last and left for his heavenly abode. Immediately the doctor was called by the dissiles.
The doctor came to the spot and took out his stethoscope to check the heart-beats. However, the doctor did not hear any heart-beats, but to his great surprise, instead of the heart-beats the doctor could hear clearly the the sound of jap 'Viththal Viththal'. The doctor bowed down to Maharaj knowing his divine power.